A new book from Leonard Hummel and Gayle Woloschak explores more than what cancer is — it looks for God is in the complex evolutionary development of all cancers.
Published by Cascade Books, the book was released in July. Leonard Hummel is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Director of Supervised Clinical Ministry at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, while Gayle Woloschak is a Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University in Chicago and Associate Director for the Zygon Center for Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology Chicago.
In Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer, Hummel and Woloschak look at the questions that often arise for many cancer patients and all who grapple with making meaning of science about cancers. The authors look at new scientific findings about cancer and then offer faithful and wise theological perspectives on these discoveries. Hummel and Woloschak show how cancer is an evolutionary disease in that it develops according to the same dynamics of chance (that is, random occurrences) and necessity (law-like regularities) at work in all other evolutionary phenomena, according to Cascade.